By Geoff Earle and Jamie Schram
..September 22, 2014 | 3:42pm
The FBI is keeping a watchful eye on those who have returned home after serving with the barbaric terrorists, who have taken over large portions of northern Iraq and Syria, the administration says.
The National Counterterrorism Center estimates that about 100 Americans have tried to fight alongside ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Law enforcement sources said the FBI has their hands full because the number might be much greater.
“We’re saying that there are about 100, but the number might be a lot more. We just don’t know. We have only identified these people so far from places like chat rooms, etc.,” one law enforcement source said.
The source said many of the Americans joining ISIS are “thrill seekers” looking to fight in Iraq and Syria.
“Their intent is to go fight the war over there, not to come back and blow up America,” said the source.
But the source cautioned that it only takes “one of these nuts” to plant a bomb in New York City.
“And therein lies the problem. That’s our concern. We are tracking them,” says the source.
The FBI wants to know everything about these homegrown psychos.
“We want to find out several things: who these people are, why they went over there, what they were doing over there, and what is their intention when they come home,” the source said.
President Obama is set to run a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday on a resolution to crack down on foreigners who try to join terrorist groups.
Obama has cited intelligence estimates that thousands of foreign fighters have joined ISIS in its fight to create a radical caliphate in the Middle East.
Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials have used the figure of 100 Americans trying to join the fight. The administration hasn’t previously confirmed that some of them are back here, although officials have been raising that as a top security concern.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday the administration is “very focused on the threat posed by foreign fighters” who may then return home.
ISIS, in its latest sick propaganda video, urged attacks on members of a US-led coalition taking the fight to the group in Iraq and Syria, including French, British and Australian citizens.